γεια σας Milos
Going to Milos for a week was a rather spontaneous and very last minute idea that came to me while stressing through Fashion Week in Berlin. I usually refrain from taking vacations during summer as I think Berlin is awesome at that time and definitely warm enough this year! But somehow it felt like a week without laptop, clients and emails would be a good idea!
Aug. 8, 2018
Labels: On track, Sail the Seas
We arrived in Athens (there are direct flights from Berlin to Athens via Ryan Air daily) two days prior to the ferry that would take us to Milos. Enough time to pick up the tickets, explore Athens (Akropolis etc) and just get into that holiday mood. We also happened to stay at a fabulous airbnb that had one of the most incrdible rooftop pools I've seen. We stayed there on our way back again as we loved it so much. A really good place we discovered while being there was "Cafe Philos Athens" (Solonos 32, Athina 106 73, Greece) by the way. We had breakfast there, the best drinks, the coolest magazines and a beautiful location as well. So definitely make sure to check that out.
- The next day we met our friends that arrived from Amsterdam and all together took the ferry (for about 2.5/3 hours) to Milos. We had arranged for a car rental in advance that picked us up at the port in Milos but also has it's shop about 5 minutes from the port. You can also rent quads or scooters if you are less than 3 people. Our beautiful airbnb was located in Triavasalos really close top the port and in my eyes the best location to be in. Out host was simply amazing, had so many tips and hooked us up with a friend of hers for a boat trip the next day. Due to us booking super last minute it might be a little bit more expensive than the usual places, but I found it worth the money.
- The next days were mainly spent at different beaches, one more beautiful than the other but here are my top ones that you shouldn't miss:Sarakiniko BeachThis is the white lava rock landscape I was talking about earlier on. Located quite close to were we stayed is this beautiful area full of white rocks and slopes. The water is turqoise and clear to the ground. It is also a very popular beach so you should get their early. There is a tiny bit of sand but most people find their secluded space on the rocks. There is enough shadow and (what I also liked) no beach beds, umbrella stands, music or beach bar. Everyone brings what they need and just enjoys the scenery. Especially the sunrise/set here is incredible.
- Firiplaka BeachFor us this was on the opposite side of the island and took about 20 minutes to get there. It's also popular but people spread out nicely and it doesn't feel to crowded. You have to walk over a few rocks and through water to get there but it's overall very safe. They have a beach bar as well as chairs and umbrellas at the first part of the beach. The further you walk the less populated it gets and the more rainbow rocks you will find. If you aren't shying away from swimming or climbing over a few rocks you will reach a part where there are only stones in the most beautiful colours that visitors have turned into little zen stone towers. It's not as comfortable as a sandy beach but the backdrop (a rainbow mountain range) definitely makes it worth it.
- Tsigrado BeachThis Beach is rather tiny and you definitely need more than flip flops to get there. It's a secluded little spot that is only reachable with a rope and a ladder that goes down quite steep. German security systems would go nuts, but it is definitely manageable and the result is worth it. If you come to Milos during high season (like us) definitely go there in the morning though as even this spot is not so secret anymorePachena BeachWe discovered this beach only on the very last days of our stay. It is pretty unspectacular, sandy, less rocks but also very empty. As it can't compare with the beauty of other beaches very few people come here. It has a tiny beach bar that had opened three days prior to us coming there and actually adds a charm to the beach as well as 5-10 beach beds that are highly comfortable and 5 Euros per Person a day! You can also see the best sunset from this spot!
- There are even more beaches that are absolutely stunning but some of them are only reachable via water so I would recommend getting a boat (290 for half a day if you are three people or 400 for half a day if you are 4-6 people... this includes the driver and gas).
- Last but not least I have a few restaurant tips for you. The food in general was extremely good and so much more than I expected. One of my favourite places was actually located right around the corner. A little "Greek Tapas" place that was super cheap for the amount and the quality of food we got there. The four of us shared about 8-10 dishes. Perfection!Bakalikon Galanis / Μπακάλικον Γαλάνης (τριοβασαλος, 848 00, Greece)
- The second recommendation matches the one on amlost every social media platform. This place is highly rated and you usually have to wait for about half an hour. It is totally worth it though and their signature dish is to die for.Oh Hamos / Ω! Χαμός (Adamas 848 01, Greece)This place is super secluded and we had to walk the last part as not all cars are allowed to drive that far. It's right by the water, super romantic setting with a lot of little lights located in the fisherman's town Klima. We came without a reservation and had to wait a few minutes. Their fish was perfect, their menu affordable and diverse. It is also so much better than the fish places at Adams port for example that are also a lot more expensive.Atoas Klima / Άστακας Κλήμα (Milos 848 00, Greece)
Overall everyone (including cab drivers, waiters, supermarket staff, our little grandma neighbor etc.) was extremely friendly, open and outgoing. Much more than I am used to from other countries. Greece is an incredibly beautiful place and now that it's on my radar, I'll definitely have to come back.